History Literature / LetTheRightOneIn

26th May '16 2:10:53 AM Nakuyabi
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** Arguably the most talked about scene in both films is their pool endings, which play out nearly the same: [[spoiler: the main bully's brother, Jimmy, as well as the rest of the bullies, show up at the pool and start a fire to lure the teacher outside while Oskar stays in the pool. Jimmy forces Oskarinto a sadistic game: stay underwater for three minutes, or he will gouge out one of his eyes. After being held underwater for about a minute, a crash through the pool's window signals that Eli has come to the rescue. We only witness the rescue underwater from Oskar/Owen's perspective, but the screaming above the water, as well as the downpour of blood and body parts tells us all we need to know.]]

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** Arguably the most talked about scene in both films is their pool endings, which play out nearly the same: [[spoiler: the main bully's brother, Jimmy, as well as the rest of the bullies, show up at the pool and start a fire to lure the teacher outside while Oskar stays in the pool. Jimmy forces Oskarinto Oskar into a sadistic game: stay underwater for three minutes, or he will gouge out one of his eyes. After being held underwater for about a minute, a crash through the pool's window signals that Eli has come to the rescue. We only witness the rescue underwater from Oskar/Owen's perspective, but the screaming above the water, as well as the downpour of blood and body parts tells us all we need to know.]]


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* TransEqualsGay: [[spoiler: Considering Eli and Oskar's relationship a QueerRomance is contingent on accepting this trope's claim as well. Granted, claiming that Eli is "trans" is also highly dubious at best, since he didn't exactly ''choose'' to have a sex change operation...]]
22nd May '16 2:08:19 PM Morgenthaler
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* BlondesAreEvil: Abby isn't evil [[CreepyChild but]]...
16th Apr '16 4:18:37 AM k410ren
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* DoesNotLikeShoes: Abby is seen going barefoot a lot.


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* KubrickStare: Abby does one while feeding on the man in the tunnel.
31st Mar '16 7:09:03 PM AspieCrow
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* UnsettlingGenderReveal: [[spoiler:Eli's genitals are completely missing. In the novel, the vampire who bit him also chopped off all his male parts, making him... well, it's hard to say. It's not clear whether Eli really thinks that makes him female, or is just more comfortable as a girl. All this is made much clearer in the book.]]

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* UnsettlingGenderReveal: [[spoiler:Eli's genitals are completely missing. In the novel, the vampire who bit him them also chopped off all his their male parts, making him...them... well, it's hard to say. It's not clear whether Eli really thinks that makes him them female, or is just more comfortable as a girl. All this is made much clearer in the book.]]



* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Oskar in the Swedish film is about as stereotypically Swedish as you can get. [[CreepyChild Physically]] [[ProtagonistJourneyToVillain speaking]], of course.

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* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Oskar in the Swedish film is about as stereotypically Swedish as you can get. [[CreepyChild Physically]] [[ProtagonistJourneyToVillain speaking]], [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation of course.course]].



* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Eli, a vampire who is trapped not just physically in a 12 year old body but apparently emotionally as well, forced to kill to survive, whose only friend is an equally screwed up boy.

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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Eli, a vampire who is trapped not just physically in a 12 year old body but apparently mentally and emotionally as well, forced to kill to survive, whose only friend is an equally screwed up boy.
11th Feb '16 4:31:18 AM Amelon1
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** The title also has an untranslatable hint; The word "rätte" (meaning right) is [[spoiler: ''masculine''. The feminine form would be "rätta". The feminine is the default and as such far more common, so there's no way the word would be masculine unless it specifically referred to a dude.]]
30th Dec '15 3:09:26 PM stuffedninja
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* BloodFromEveryOrifice: What happens if Eli enters a place without being invited.


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* BullyBrutality: The bullies that harass Oskar and end up [[spoiler:almost drowning him]].
30th Dec '15 3:07:27 PM stuffedninja
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** Håkan's efforts to drain the blood of a passerby that he's just killed are thwarted when a dog comes by and begins barking, forcing him to flee as his owners come.
30th Dec '15 2:56:06 PM stuffedninja
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* ApologeticAttacker: Håkan in the book.
* AntiVillain: Lacke, and how.

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* %%* ApologeticAttacker: Håkan in the book.
* AntiVillain: Lacke, Håkan only kills to supply blood for Eli, [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and even allows her to feed on him before he falls out the window and dies.]]]]
%%**Lacke,
and how.



* DaylightHorror: The pool climax is well-lit in the original film, which allows [[spoiler:the bullies' demises to be shown that much more clearly.]]
** [[DarknessEqualsDeath Inverted]] in the remake, where the entire pool area let alone the pool is ridiculously dark.



* FragileFlower: Andreas, which separates him from the other bullies in that he seems very disgusted with what he's doing to Oskar.



* GoryDiscretionShot: The Swedish film tends to use these, or virtually no blood at all, though the remake lingers rather more on the gore. Arguably the most talked about scene in both films is their pool endings, which play out nearly the same: [[spoiler: the main bully's brother, Jimmy, as well as the rest of the bullies, show up at the pool and start a fire to lure the teacher outside while Oskar stays in the pool. Jimmy forces Oskarinto a sadistic game: stay underwater for three minutes, or he will gouge out one of his eyes. After being held underwater for about a minute, a crash through the pool's window signals that Eli has come to the rescue. We only witness the rescue underwater from Oskar/Owen's perspective, but the screaming above the water, as well as the downpour of blood and body parts tells us all we need to know.]]

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* GoryDiscretionShot: The Swedish film tends to use these, or virtually no blood at all, though the remake lingers rather more on the gore. gore.
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Arguably the most talked about scene in both films is their pool endings, which play out nearly the same: [[spoiler: the main bully's brother, Jimmy, as well as the rest of the bullies, show up at the pool and start a fire to lure the teacher outside while Oskar stays in the pool. Jimmy forces Oskarinto a sadistic game: stay underwater for three minutes, or he will gouge out one of his eyes. After being held underwater for about a minute, a crash through the pool's window signals that Eli has come to the rescue. We only witness the rescue underwater from Oskar/Owen's perspective, but the screaming above the water, as well as the downpour of blood and body parts tells us all we need to know.]]]]
** Eli's attack on [[spoiler:Lacke]] is shown mostly behind a partly closed door.


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* OnlySaneMan: Andreas is the only member of the group of bullies tormenting Oskar that seems uncomfortable if not remorseful with what he's doing. He breaks down crying as he is forced to repeatedly whip Oskar, and [[spoiler:is the only bully not killed in the climax, instead sitting on the bleachers sobbing]].
30th Dec '15 2:44:51 PM stuffedninja
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* OffWithHisHead: Eli rips Jocke's head off after attacking him.


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* WoundedGazelleGambit: Eli lures Jocke in an alley by looking as if she is hurt, prompting him to help her out, leaving her to attack him.
30th Dec '15 2:42:07 PM stuffedninja
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* BookEnds: The opening shot of ''Let the Right One In'' is of falling snow, and a shot near the ending is of the same falling snow.
** Oskar stands in his underwear looking out into the night (pressing his hand to the window and removing it with a sticky sound) at both the start and near the end.



* DeathSeeker: Virginia (in the Swedish original film) is turned into this after being bitten by Eli, telling Lacke that she wants to die, and telling him to open the blinds, [[ManOnFire making her burst into flames]]. In the remake, it's more of an accident.



* FacialHorror: Håkan/Thomas after he pours hydrochloric/sulfuric acid on his face to disfigure him well enough to be non-detectable by the cops. And yes, [[GrossUpCloseUp we do see the results]].

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* FacialHorror: FacialHorror:
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Håkan/Thomas after he pours hydrochloric/sulfuric acid on his face to disfigure him well enough to be non-detectable by the cops. And yes, [[GrossUpCloseUp we do see the results]].results]].
** Virginia in the remake when she is not only vampiric but getting rapidly burned by the sun.



* GenreRelaunch: Was commended by sites like Website/RottenTomatoes for reinvigorating the vampire horror genre with a new viewpoint on it that wasn't so reliant on [[ClicheStorm cliches]].



* ManOnFire: In both versions, Virginia bursts into flames when the blinds are opened, although the remake shows it more gradually.



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** A strangely funny example: the news reporter who discusses Håkan's apprehension ends the story by saying "And now, the sports."



** Thomas and Håkan don't look too good after pouring acid on their face.



* [[NotUsingTheZWord Not Using the V Word]]: Eli is somewhat in denial about being a vampire, preferring to think of it as having an illness. The book does go into the biological specifics of what goes on inside a vampire's body once infected, but being infected with vampirism still unavoidably makes you a vampire.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Considering how much you might hate the bullies by the end of the story, it almost seems a shame for their comeuppance to happen off-screen. In the book we don't even see it from Oscar's point of view; we cut from Eli arriving to the policeman mulling over the witness statements he's heard.

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* [[NotUsingTheZWord Not Using the V Word]]: NotUsingTheZWord: Eli is somewhat in denial about being a vampire, preferring to think of it as having an illness. The book does go into the biological specifics of what goes on inside a vampire's body once infected, but being infected with vampirism still unavoidably makes you a vampire.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Considering how much you might hate the bullies by the end of the story, it almost seems a shame for their comeuppance to happen off-screen. In the book we don't even see it from Oscar's Oskar's point of view; we cut from Eli arriving to the policeman mulling over the witness statements he's heard.



* TearsOfBlood: See the main picture.

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* TearsOfBlood: See the main picture. For context, [[spoiler:when Eli isn't invited into Oskar's place but enters anyway, blood begins pouring out of her head and orifices, including her eyes]].



* UnsettlingGenderReveal: [[spoiler: Eli's genitals are completely missing. In the novel, the vampire who bit him also chopped off all his male parts, making him... well, it's hard to say. It's not clear whether Eli really thinks that makes him female, or is just more comfortable as a girl. All this is made much clearer in the book.]]

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* UnsettlingGenderReveal: [[spoiler: Eli's [[spoiler:Eli's genitals are completely missing. In the novel, the vampire who bit him also chopped off all his male parts, making him... well, it's hard to say. It's not clear whether Eli really thinks that makes him female, or is just more comfortable as a girl. All this is made much clearer in the book.]]



* WeakenedByTheLight: Vampires and sunlight.

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* WeakenedByTheLight: Vampires and sunlight. It's sort of a given.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"Even if I wasn't a girl...would you still like me?"]]
* WhamShot:
** [[spoiler:Eli's scarred crotch]].
** [[spoiler:When Eli starts murdering the bullies.]]



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